Michael Jackson says ‘beat it’ to House copyright legislation; calls Apple’s iTunes Music Store bett

Michael Jackson expressed concern over the “Authors, Consumer and Computer Owners Protection and Security Act of 2003 (ACCOPS Act) as introduced in the House of Representatives in a press release today. The legislation, if passed, would make it a federal felony to download even one single copyrighted work, which includes music.

Jackson said in the press release, “I am speechless about the idea of putting music fans in jail for downloading music. It is wrong to illegally download, but the answer cannot be jail.”

Jackson called on artists, the music industry and consumers to find a solution together. Jackson said, “Here in America we create new opportunities out of adversity, not punitive laws and we should look to new technologies, like Apple’s new Music Store for solutions. This way innovation continues to be the hallmark of America. It is the fans that drive the success of the music business; I wish this would not be forgotten.”

Links can be found at the bottom of this followup report, “Agence France Presse reports Jackson statement verbatim except for ‘Apple’ reference” here.

29 Comments

  1. Legislation doesn’t even make this big of a deal out of child pornography. There’s where I would love to see some more focus. I’m not saying you should steal anything, but a felony? I wonder if Michael’s worried what you’d find on his computer.

  2. “Jackson said in the press release, “I am speechless about the idea of putting music fans in jail for downloading music. It is wrong to illegally download, but the answer cannot be jail.””

    Just for that, I’m buying my first Michael Jackson CD today.

  3. Way to go MJ!
    I’m going out to BUY a MJ CD… but first I’ll DL (not purchase via iTunesMS: ‘steal’) Metallica’s, The Eagles’ and every other RIAA-wank bands entire libraries.

    (I’ll see you in jail)

  4. I’m glad Michael’s up on current events, and that he’s chosen to take a reasoned, non adversarial approach. If only some of our misguided politicians would get their hands out of the RIAA’s deep pockets long enough to do the same.

  5. A thought… If a law against downloading copywritten material passes, then no one will be able to put anything copywritten on the web, because web browsers download all those pictures and files and so on…

  6. Everyone needs to “just say no” to the greedy jerks that want to make kids into felons. I advise to avoid buying any music for a year and see how well they get along. The exception would be to buy directly from the artists if you can.

  7. Given Jackson probably needs the money of more record sales to save himself more than the likes of Metallica and RHCP, this is a highly reasoned and thoughful response. Bravo to him.

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